Lam's Supermarket in Phoenix hired workers illegally, says MCSO

PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has served a search warrant on a west Phoenix food market that allegedly has most of its 27 employees using fake identification.

Sheriff's officials say the ID theft raid was executed at 1 p.m. Thursday on Lam's Asian International Food Market.

They say deputies received a tip from a former store employee that many of the food market's workers had false identifications.

Deputies say the office's Criminal Employment Squad identified 21 people working with possible fake IDs at the store's location.

It wasn't immediately clear how many of the 21 targeted workers were arrested Thursday.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office say it now has conducted 70 workplace raids since 2008 looking for illegal immigrants using false identifications to qualify for jobs, resulting in nearly 690 arrests.